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Can Pregnancy affect my vision?

Did you know that pregnancy can lead to changes in your vision? While some of these changes are temporary and easily treatable, others may indicate more serious underlying issues. Here’s a guide to help you recognize potential eye problems during pregnancy:

1. Dry Eyes:

Hormonal shifts during pregnancy can decrease tear production, leading to dry and itchy eyes. Your optometrist can prescribe safe drops or gels to relieve discomfort. Typically, these symptoms resolve postpartum, but if they persist, your optometrist can provide ongoing treatment with artificial tears.

2. Diabetes:

Pregnant individuals with diabetes are at increased risk of diabetic eye diseases. Regular eye exams are crucial, as pregnancy may heighten these risks. Those diagnosed with gestational diabetes should also prioritize eye exams to monitor for vision-related complications.

3. Blurred Vision:

Pregnancy-related hormonal changes may cause temporary blurred vision, usually resolving after delivery. Wearing glasses can help manage this symptom. However, if blurred vision is accompanied by additional symptoms such as vision loss, light sensitivity, or visual disturbances like auras or spots, it could indicate preeclampsia.

4. Preeclampsia:

Certain vision changes may signal preeclampsia, a serious condition characterized by high blood pressure during pregnancy. Loss of vision, light sensitivity, seeing auras or spots, along with swelling in the feet, legs, and hands, should prompt immediate medical attention. If you experience these symptoms, consult your doctor promptly.

Understanding these potential eye issues during pregnancy can help you stay proactive about your eye health and seek timely medical intervention when necessary.

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